Sunday 21 January 2018

What it says in the papers

The Irish Independent front page
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The seven front page stories you need to know this morning

1. Honohan calls for stricter rules for 'reckless bankers'

The Irish Independent lead their front page today with Central Bank Governor Patrick Honohan’s calls for new laws to make sure reckless bankers are punished. ‘New laws needed for reckless bankers – Honohan’ reads the headline. Mr Honohan, who was speaking at an event in Paris, said tougher rules are needed to crack down on irresponsible bankers.

2. Lillis to walk free

Eamonn Lillis, who was convicted of the manslaughter of his wife at their Howth home in 2008, is expected to be released from jail today. Lillis (57) is believed to leave prison with a fortune of €1.3m after winding up his wife’s production company, a pension and selling the properties they co-owned. ‘Lillis books flight to England’ reads the front page of The Herald. The newspaper reports that he has booked a flight to England tomorrow. ‘Lillis gets out’ reads the front of The Irish Sun. The newspaper reports that he will walk free today.

3. Mortgage arrears scheme could keep people in their homes

There is good news for many on the front page of the Irish Times today. ‘Mortgage arrears measures to reduce risk of eviction’ reads the headline. According to the paper, the Government is finalising wide-range measures to deal with the mortgage arrears crisis, including a scheme that would allow people in arrears to remain in their homes.

4. Public sector pay cuts to be reversed

The Irish Examiner leads their front page with some more potential good news. ‘Public sector pay cuts set to be reversed’ reads the front page. The newspaper reports that the Government is set to outline their plans later this month.

5. Queue for murder house

The Irish Daily Star leads with the headline, ‘A view to kill’ and reports that the house where Joe O’Reilly murdered his wife Rachel is expected to sell within the month after 30 people attended the first viewing. The house, where Rachel as killed in 2004, was put on the market for €125,000, more than €200,000 cheaper than similar houses in the area.

6. Murder charge in Anne Shortall case

‘Face of Anne suspect’ reads the front page of the Irish Daily Mirror. The face of 38-year-old Roy Webster is on the front of the newspaper after he was charged with the murder of Anne Shortall whose body was found in a shed on Tuesday. Anne had been declared missing from her home the week beforehand.

7. Water bills could drop for half a million people

The Irish Daily Mail leads with the latest in the Irish Water saga. ‘500,000 families could see their water bills cut’ reads the front page. The newspaper reports that research by the new utility shows that one-third of water users are using significantly less water than had been predicted when water charges were set last November.

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